Dutch Bitcoin Family Reveals How They Safeguard a Fortune in Crypto
By Martin Young
A family that went all-in on Bitcoin back in 2017 has revealed their secrets to safeguarding the asset now that it has increased in price by around 5,000%.
The Dutch family of five’s storage plan includes a series of secret locations spread across four different continents.
In 2017 the ‘Bitcoin family’ liquidated all of their assets and went all-in on BTC when it traded around $900. With BTC trading over $45,000 today, their undisclosed fortune is substantially larger.
Patriarch of the family, Didi Taihutt, explained that he has hidden the hardware wallets across several countries so that he never has to fly very far if access to a cold wallet is needed.
Speaking to CNBC, he revealed that there were two hiding spots in Europe, another two in Asia, one in South America, and a sixth in Australia.
There were no secret underground bunkers, he added, and the physical locations ranged from rental apartments and friends’ homes an self-storage sites. “I prefer to live in a decentralized world where I have the responsibility to protect my capital,” he explained.
Hardware or cold wallets are a popular way to store crypto assets “offline” however, the owner is fully responsible for the private keys and there’s no one to turn to in the event of theft or loss. Castle Island Ventures general partner and Coin Metrics co-founder Nic Carter explained:
“If you want to store your coins truly outside of the reach of the state, you can just hold those private keys directly. That’s the equivalent of burying a bar of gold in your backyard,”
An alternative is to use custody services which a number of large exchanges such as Coinbase and now PayPal will provide.
For a combination of the two methods, Jack Dorsey’s Square is building an assisted hardware wallet and custody service “to make Bitcoin custody more mainstream,” as reported by Cointelegraph on July 9.
According to CNBC, 74% of Taihuttu’s total crypto portfolio is in cold storage with the remainder in hot wallets for quick access and trading. He doesn’t use banks or post offices as he finds them too risky, fearing loss of assets should bankruptcy occur.
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Taihuttu did admit that some centralized cold storage companies offer a major perk in the event of the death of the holder:
“They have beautiful setups for inheritance. When you die, these companies handle that, as well, and I really believe they are doing a great job.”
The family’s crypto fortune includes Bitcoin, Ethereum, and some Litecoin.